Oakland County Bar Foundation Raises $281,650 to support Legal Aid and other programs for the 18th year.

Oakland County Bar Foundation Raises $281,650 to support Legal Aid and other programs for the 18th year.

By Robere Lett | Publisher

The 18th annual Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) Signature Event at the beautiful Oakland Hills Golf and Country Club made for an amazing evening, surrounded by some of Michigan’s most renown legal minds all coming together for a common cause – FUNDRAISING.  Mixing and mingling the roughly 400 hundred legal eagles enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, filled with tasty culinary fare, fine wine, and lovely spring weather.

Bar Foundation Board of Trustees

Front row (seated): Gerald J. Gleeson, Veronica R. Leonard, Kaveh Kashef, Patrick M. McCarthy, Elizabeth L. Luckenbach
Middle row: Michael D. Schloff, Patrick B. McCauley, Gerald A. Fisher, Shirley A Kaigler, Victoria B. King, Marc P. Jerabek, Thomas J. Tallerico, Joseph E. Papelian
Back row: Michael R. Turco, David E. Plunkett, David W. Jones, Daniel D. Quick, Justin L. Cherfoli, Mark Stern

Not pictured: Lynn Capp Sirich, Lisa J. Hamameh, Cameron D. Hosner, Eric J. Pelton, Victoria A. Valentine, Cynthia E. Brazzil, Thomas W. Cranmer, Diana Dietle, Sue Ellen Eisenberg, Mari Anne Guidobono, David L. Haron, Brenda M. Orlando, Michael J. Sullivan

“We are the heart of the Oakland County legal community. We enrich the lives of our members, serve the profession, and help others.”


The Oakland County Bar Foundation (“Bar Foundation”), a nonprofit organization serving the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession, raised more than $281,000 through its 18th Annual Signature Event to help support Oakland County-based legal aid and education programs. More than 400 individuals from the local legal community attended the event, held on April 28 at Oakland Hills Country Club.

“The support we receive from the local community, including our sponsors and donors, is essential to sustaining our grant program year after year,” said Bar Foundation President Kaveh Kashef. “As we carry out our mission of funding and promoting organizations that provide access to affordable legal services and education, we acknowledge the generosity of those who assist us in continuing to fund these valuable programs for people in Oakland County and throughout Southeast Michigan.”

With $220,000 raised from sponsorship activity and an additional $61,650 in ticket sales and donations, the event raised a grand total of $281,650.
Since 2002, the Bar Foundation has contributed more than $2 million to legal assistance and education programs. Proceeds from events have funded grants to such worthy organizations as the CASA program (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of CARE House, JARC, Michigan Center for Civic Education, Troy Historical Society, UDM Immigration Law Clinic and more. The deadline for grant application submissions for the 2016-17 fiscal year is May 22. More information on the grant application process is available at http://www.ocba.org/apply-for-an-ocbf-grant.

Four hundred attendees mixed and mingled for a great cause.

Wine and conversation in the lounge area.

The beautiful Oakland Golf and Country club was the perfect backdrop for the 18th Annual Signature Event.

Guests Jennifer Lord, David Jones, and Debby Jones enjoy the beautiful patio setting.

 Veronica Leonard, Hon Cynthia Jones with Victoria and David King.

Succulent sliders — one the many amazing featured dishes.

Chefs prepare their specialty dessert Bananas Foster.

“Thank You”table signage acknowledging all of the participating sponsors.

The elegant ambiance of the evening.

Signature Event signage.

One of the many programs supported by the OCBF.

Patrick McCauley and Veronica Leonard enjoy the festivities.

Event images: Robere Lett

Logo image courtesy of http://www.ocba.org/ocbf/ 


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